The noonday devil is symbolic figure (in the form of a sloth) thought to be active at the noon hour, but actually spans from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. It is called acedia and inclines its victims to restlessness, apathy and inattention to one's duties. It is during this time that the sun casts almost no shadow, and we are lulled into a false sense of security that we become inattentive, listless, and ultimately vulnerable to the devil’s (acedia’s) manipulation. It is considered to be by many Christian theologians the most dangerous of all the Seven Deadly Sins simply because it’s hold on us is so inconspicuous and of the paradoxical time in which it preys.

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